These days, I’m constantly on the hunt for stylish, yet comfortable and functional workout clothes. I’ve developed a bit of an addiction for building my sportswear wardrobe, and David has been comparing this to his houseplant addiction haha! If you are dedicated to fitness, you will know the importance of investing in quality gear. Personally, it has taken some time for me to figure out which labels are best for my slim body. If you have a similar body type, you’ll benefit from exploring these sportswear brands that I absolutely love (but really, they are pretty inclusive of all sizes)!
Let’s start with the obvious. Who doesn’t love Lululemon?! They’ve been around for a long time and my first ever fitted fitness jacket is from Lululemon. It’s still my favorite to this date. It’s hard to find jackets that are perfectly fitted, and not too long or short. I’m also a big fan of their run speed shorts and hotty hot shorts! Not only are they extremely comfy and breathable, they are also really flattering. I’m generally in between a size 2 and 4. Recently, I ordered their Speed Up Tight 28″ Full-On Luxtreme in Lazurite on sale for $69.99! I was unsure of sizing at first because I had heard that it runs extremely small. So, I went into their Palm Desert store to try it on in a different color before ordering. Thank goodness I did, because the 2 wouldn’t even go past my thighs! If you’re thinking of buying any Lululemon leggings in the Luxtreme fabric, definitely size up.
Looking to invest in quality sports bras? Take my word and thank me later – Lorna Jane is, hands down, the BEST! They definitely win big time in the support and style department. I was blown away when I first tried one of their bras. It felt like I was wearing a regular padded bra, minus the discomfort! Their bras provide plenty of support for my girls so I never have to worry about damaging my Cooper ligaments (aka risking saggy boobs… nooooo thank you!) during plyometric training. I even get a bit of cleavage in them, lol! For Lorna Jane sports bras, I am a size XS (literally spot on for a 32B gal – just sayin’), but for everything else like leggings & jackets, I go for XXS.
Similar to Lorna Jane, Alo Yoga also carries XXS for most of their styles. Particularly, I am obsessed with their leggings – so buttery soft and oh, so comfortable! Their sports bras in general though, I’d say are more geared towards yoga rather than high intensity training. If you’re looking for a sportswear brand that you can rock in and out of the gym or yoga studio, you’ll love Alo. They make some of the best streetwear-style clothing that is designed for you to work out in, and wear around casually for any occasion. Think moto leggings and cozy sherpa jackets!
Pro-tip if you live in Southern California: There’s no need to pay for expedited shipping no matter how in-a-rush you are. Alo is based in LA, and seem to be really on top of fulfilling orders and shipping quickly. It is very likely that you will receive your items literally the next day even with standard shipping. Every time I buy from their site, my clothes are delivered to my door in under 24 hours. The only exception is during holiday season, when it can take a little longer due to a higher volume of orders. New to Alo? Take 10% off your first order here!
I have only recently discovered this brand after following Kayla Itsines for a while and was drawn to their eclectic, colorful styles. They do a wonderful job bringing the color-block and layering trends into sportswear. I haven’t seen them in physical stores near me, but have found them on sites like Revolve which offers fast 2-day shipping! I’m actually a fan of their older styles so I’ve bought some NWT/Like-New P.E Nation pieces off of eBay as well. Since they’re definitely on the pricier side, it’s nice being able to find styles I love while saving some money.
Most of my training shoes are by Adidas and I love that they are readily available at Marshalls & TJ Maxx. Living out in the desert where shopping options are pretty limited, it’s a big deal for me! Plus, there’s nothing better than scoring a pair of sneakers for under $50. I found my favorite classic all-white Adidas sneakers at a local Marshalls for only $30 and have gotten so many compliments on them since! I’ve also purchased some cute Adidas leggings and jackets.
Nike is pretty tied to Adidas when it comes to shoes for me. I can always count on quality, comfort, and style – and love that this brand is also widely distributed in most department & brick-and-mortar shoe stores. On one of my recent Marshalls trips, I found a nice pair of Nike training gloves perfect for weight lifting! I have super sensitive hands and do not want to get calluses or blisters. The best part is it was under $10. Over the years, I have also collected a few Nike workout tops that I’ve loved!
I have gotten some affordable Reebok sports bras with medium support from Marshalls & TJ Maxx for under $15 each. They are more low-maintenance than my other more expensive sports bras that recommend hand-washing, which I like. While they don’t always present a “wow” factor when it comes to stylishness, they are super functional and easy to wash with all my other laundry in the washing machine after a workout.
Similar to Reebok, New Balance is one of my go-to practical sportswear brands. Their items can be found in many retailers for wallet-friendly prices. As far as sizing goes, I haven’t seen them carry any XXS, but their XS fits me perfectly for both sports bras and leggings. One of my most-worn leggings is by New Balance and I love everything about it – the color (dark heathered grey), fit (not too long or short), and feel (super soft)! I’ve worn it so often though that it’s starting to pill 🙁 Luckily it was affordable, so I can easily replace it. I’m just hoping I can find another pair just like it!
Under Armour has a fantastic range of footwear and workout clothes that are very reasonably priced. The quality is awesome, too! I would say that the sizing is pretty similar to Reebok & New Balance. You can find Under Armour goods at major department stores like Macy’s, sportswear stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods, and my favorites… TJ Maxx and Marshalls!
What are some activewear brands you love & recommend?